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Nutrition For Kids — A Balancing Act

  • Date: 20160913
  • Time: 7:00pm
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Looking forward to speaking to parents at Montevideo Elementary School on Tuesday, September 13th @ 7:00pm!

Jill West, RDN will provide tips and strategies to help the whole family be healthier while avoiding stress and food battles at home.

What you will learn:

  • Sugar: How much is too much?
  • Food Labels: How to separate facts from fiction (marketing hype)
  • Stress-Less School Lunches
  • Simple, Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy Summer Eating for Kids

I really look forward to a break from the structured schedule of school days, but I’ve learned over the years that it takes a couple of weeks to transition into summer. Shifting away from early wake-up times and busy afternoons is great, but adjusting to chaotic eating routines can be challenging too. Now that my boys are older and making many of their own meals, the kitchen can be an endless pile of dishes — that is an adjustment too! Training them to wash their dishes and put them in the dishwasher is an ongoing process.

Regardless of the ages of your kids, eating habits during the summer can become a “free-for-all”, which research shows is not good for kids’ weight or the nutritional quality of their food choices. So, my #1 recommendation to parents is: keep meal & snack times on a schedule.

Another great strategy is to keep plenty of fruits and vegetables within your child’s reach. When I surveyed Nutrition Experts for the 400 Moms book, I asked, “How do you get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables?” One of the most common answers was: “I make them easily accessible.”

What does that mean? Having washed, pre-cut fruits and vegetables on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator or a bowl of washed, fresh fruit or vegetables on the table or counter encourages kids to choose these options before they see the chips, crackers, cookies or other snack foods in the cupboard.

Here are a few other ideas to get your kids eating and enjoying fruits and vegetables:
#1: With fruits and vegetables so abundant during the summer, it’s a great time to show you how much you love them and to introduce new foods to your kids. For example, you can take your kids to the Farmers Market and make it a goal to find one new food to taste or bring home to prepare.

Beautiful Family at Farmers Market

#2: Another great way to engage kids in trying fruits and vegetables during the summer  is to visit a u-pick farm to harvest your own produce at peak season. This is a fun way to educate your kids about where their food comes from. Kids love the hands-on activity—picking cherries, berries, peaches or any of the fruits and vegetables grown in the region where you live.

#3: Planting a garden is always a big hit with kids. Involving your kids in each step of the process — preparing the soil, planting and watering the plants, picking the fruit or vegetable and helping prepare it – increases the odds kids will eat it. They enjoy the process and take pride in seeing the fruits of their labor, literally.

petite fille qui jardine

#4: Try some new recipes with fruits and vegetables. For example, smoothies made with nectarines, peaches, or pluots instead of the usual strawberries and bananas, can be a big hit. Or if you’re really adventurous, try a cold soup—tomato or gazpacho soup, melon soup or even carrot soup can make a refreshing side dish on a hot summer day.

carrot cream soup on the wood table

Stay tuned for a cold soup recipe or two in the coming weeks!

Cheers to a happy, healthy, fun-filled summer!

Cauliflower Fried Rice for Kids

This kid-friendly recipe is quick to make and can be a side dish or eaten as the main entree by adding leftover chicken, lean pork or lean beef. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. It’s also a good source of Vitamin K and fiber and has been linked to cancer prevention and has anti-inflammatory benefits– lots of great reasons to eat cauliflower!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ingredients:                                                                                                            PRINT RECIPE
• 1 Tablespoon oil, divided (I prefer peanut oil, but any oil will work)
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 clove garlic, peeled and diced
• 1 package (16oz.) cauliflower rice
• 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
• 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
• 2 Tablespoons lite Soy sauce

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add the eggs and gently scramble.
2. Remove eggs, set aside; add 2 teaspoons oil and sauté garlic about 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower rice and
stir-fry for 2 minutes.
3. Gently combine the scrambled eggs, corn, peas and soy sauce with the cauliflower and stir-fry (stirring
frequently), for 3-4 minutes or until heated through and thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 ¾-cup servings or 3 entrée servings.


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